Match 54 of IPL 2023 will see 6th take on 8th as Mumbai Indians play host to Royal Challengers Banglore at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday. The reverse fixture saw RCB win comfortably by eight wickets, thanks to half-centuries from both RCB openers after Tilak Varma smashed 84 from 46 for Mumbai. Have a look at Lwanele Poswayo’s best bets for this contest.
The home side have been dealt a huge blow with the news that Jofra Archer is ruled out of the rest of the tournament with an injury. He will be replaced by countryman Chris Jordan.
It’s been an up-and-down season for Mumbai, with the side unable to grab the consistency needed to be in the playoff spots. They lost to CSK by 6 wickets in their previous game, with the top order failing to impress again. The good news is that Suryakumar Yadav has found some form recently, scoring 293 runs in the tournament at a strike rate of 175.44. He’s at 4.50 to be their top batter.
In the bowling department, Piyush Chawla showed that he’s a standard above with two more wickets to add to his tally which currently sits at 17 for the tournament, the fourth-best this season.
When Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore first met in the opening week of IPL 2023 at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis had a 148-run opening stand as RCB hunted down 172 with considerable ease. The pair have combined for almost 1000 runs, putting RCB right in the middle for average scores with 175 runs per innings.
The bowling of RCB needs to improve, with the bowlers conceding 179 runs per match and being hit for the most sixes (9.10).
The Wankhede has seen an average score of 192 in the 2023 IPL, with the highest score being 214.
Just one of the last five matches at this stadium has seen the team batting first win.
Harshal Patel has the best head-to-head figures between these teams with 5/27.
Suryakumar Yadav has taken Mohammed Siraj for 44 runs from 21 balls while being dismissed just once.
Glenn Maxwell has faced three balls from fellow Australian Cameron Green for two sixes and a dot.
Ishan Kishan has struck 202 runs during the powerplay this season while being dismissed only three times.
Legspinner Piyush Chawla has a good record against du Plessis in T20 cricket. Chawla has dismissed him twice in seven innings while conceding only 52 off 55 balls.